Cormac Tobin MD of Celesio in UK & Ireland - image by George Jaworskyj

Cormac Tobin, Managing Director at LloydsPharmacy

As a dedicated supporter of the Dementia Friends initiative, we are excited to announce a new national partnership with Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland.

We have been proudly supporting the initiative since Dementia Awareness Week 2014 by growing our own community of Dementia Friends. This has seen 4,000 colleagues, including our store teams, attend information sessions in order to better assist those affected by dementia directly within their communities by becoming a Dementia Friend.

Cormac Tobin, Managing Director at Celesio UK, parent company to LloydsPharmacy comments: “It’s important for us all to have a better understanding of dementia and to turn that understanding into action that can support people living with the condition – which is exactly what the Dementia Friends movement aims to do.

“Last year I was humbled by the support our colleagues gave the Dementia Friends initiative. There is a huge, united desire to make a difference to people living with dementia and their carers. This aspiration has only grown stronger and as a result we are delighted to announce a new national charity partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, the charity behind the Dementia Friends movement.

“This partnership fits entirely with our belief in inspiring positive lives, and reflects the care and respect our colleagues show to our customers and patients.”

There are now over 850,000 people living with dementia and this number is expected to grow to one million by 2025. There are also 670,000 carers of people with dementia in the UK. Only 44% of people with dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland receive a diagnosis, which means there are a vast number of people still undiagnosed and potentially without the care and support they need.

Through our outreach to local communities, we aim to work closely with Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer Scotland to raise awareness of dementia and improve access to information, advice and services in order to enhance the quality of life for patients as well as carers. We also remain committed to growing our own community of Dementia Friends, as Alzheimer’s Society works to create another three million Dementia Friends by 2020.